12th November 1859

From Colonel Moody to Governor Douglas.

New Westminster

12 November 1859

 

Sir,

 

I am desired by Your Excellency to forwards further accounts without delay. No exertion is wanting on my part to comply with your instructions. I have written again and again for sundry outstanding Accounts and daily expect my repeated requests to be complied with.

I have at the same time to state that not only have I but one Accountant Clerk for the Accounts of the Lands and Works Department, (Civil and Military) but also for those of the Detachment (150 strong) of which he is the Pay Corporal, and which, as you know, at present much divided.

The same Clerk is the one that the Treasurer has applied for! Captain Gosset could not have been aware of this circumstance.

I have every desire to meet his wishes and therefore, though of the greatest inconvenience to the duties and responsibilities resting on me, I spare Sergeant Lindsay RA to assist him for a short time in recasting the Accounts already sent in. Captain Gosset mentions that a week will be sufficient and I must beg that Sergeant Lindsay be not detained beyond that time.

                      

I have the honor to be,
Sir,

Your most obedient,

Humble Servant,

RC Moody

Co. Comd.

 

Note: We are still unclear at present who the Accountant Clerk/ Pay Corporal was.

Lindsay, who was part of the Artillery Cadre, obviously had the skills to be able to enter into the murky world of Military Accounts.